Faculty Research Fellowships 

The CAF Faculty Research Fellow Application is open to all Texas Southern University faculty interested in producing research focused on the area of Black Digital Humanities. Projects should engage in research questions focused on Africana Futures in ways that integrate or extend research methods and practices in Black Digital Humanities. 

Faculty Research Fellowship Application Requirements

Center for Africana Futures (CAF) Research Fellowships support research development, design, and implementation, culminating in research results publication and knowledge distribution. Fellows develop research projects that explore topics from one or more Black studies fields (Communication, History, Sociology, English, Political Science, and other allied fields) and digital humanities. Research projects can be in development (requiring seed funds) or more fully developed (Fellows Funding) that include a community-engaged component are especially welcome. CAF Research Fellows receive a stipend of $5,000 ($2500 for seed funding) to support their research development. This stipend will be paid based on reports submitted to the CAF Project Director discussing progress and final submission of course development. 

CAF Research Fellows will also meet regularly with the CAF Project Director and Research Director, who will support research development within Black Digital Humanities and Texas Southern University protocols.  

CAF Research Fellows expects to fund projects focused on Black Digital Humanities and Africana Futures. Research fellows should have a developed set of research ideas related to digital humanities theories, methods, and practices.  

The deliverable for this program includes mid-project and final project reports on the development and one public presentation to the CAF and TSU communities on the research project. These materials will be deposited with the Center for Africana Futures.  


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Application Deadline: May 24, 2023
Notification: June 7, 2023  
Mid-Project Deliverable Due: September 15, 2023 
Final Project Deliverable DUE: January 30, 2024 
Research Presentation: Spring 2024 
Stipend Disbursement: October 2023 and March 2024  
Eligibility: Faculty (contingent and tenure-line) and librarians at Texas Southern University. Graduate Students are not eligible for this program.  

Recipients must agree to share their work with the Center for Africana Futures and the Texas Southern Community. Research Fellows must also agree to serve as reviewers and mentors for future research fellows   
CAF is part of DEFCon 
DEFCon is a consortium that supports the growth of the digital ethnic studies field, which brings together critiques of racial capitalism, community-engaged approaches to research, and digital humanities methodologies. Complementing work in discrete fields like Black and Latinx digital humanities, digital ethnic studies draws on the affordances of ethnic studies, an interdisciplinary examination of difference that foregrounds race, ethnicity, and indigeneity through a comparative framework. Through digital methods, digital ethnic studies explores connections and divergences between people of color and Indigenous people in the U.S., articulated through a range of digital genres, including digital archives, social media, and data visualization. Moreover, digital ethnic studies places at its forefront the community-engaged research practices that are integral to ethnic studies and its commitment to research with (not on) communities. 
Please direct questions to Toniesha L. Taylor (CAF Program Director) at toniesha.taylor@tsu.edu